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FOA: Carbon, Hydrogen and Separation Efficiencies in Bio-Oil Conversion Pathways (CHASE Bio-Oil Pathways)

Open Date: 12/14/2012

Close Date: 02/20/2013

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000812

Summary:

Mod 003:The purposes of this modification are to:

  1. 1. Modify Section IV.C.3.G Content and Form of Application / Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO): The following paragraph is deleted: G. Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO):The Statement of Project Objectives should be provided in a similar format as the SOPO template shown in Appendix E. The SOPO must address how the project objectives will be met. It must contain a clear, concise description of all activities to be completed during the project performance and follow the requirements in the template. The SOPO may be released to the public by DOE, in whole or in part, at any time. Therefore, it is required that it shall not contain proprietary or confidential business information.
  2. 2. Modify Section IV.C.3.H Content and Form of Application / Narrative Appendices: The following paragraph is deleted: "All the components of your Project Narrative must be within the Narrative page limit specified in paragraph 3. Documents listed below may be included as clearly marked appendices to your Narrative and will not count towards the Project Narrative page limit. Please note that some of the required documents listed below may have their own page limits to which you must adhere." and replaced with:"All the components of your Project Narrative must be within the Narrative page limit specified in paragraph 3. Documents listed below as items a, b, and c, may be included as clearly marked appendices to your Narrative and will not count towards the Project Narrative page limit. The document listed as item d MUST be included as a clearly marked appendix to your Narrative and will not count towards the Project Narrative page limit. Please note that some of the required documents listed below may have their own page limits to which you must adhere."
  3. Additionally, the following paragraph is added:"d. Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO):The Statement of Project Objectives should be provided in a similar format as the SOPO template shown in Appendix E. The SOPO must address how the project objectives will be met. It must contain a clear, concise description of all activities to be completed during the project performance and follow the requirements in the template. The SOPO may be released to the public by DOE, in whole or in part, at any time. Therefore, it is required that it shall not contain proprietary or confidential business information." All other terms and conditions of the Announcement remain the same.

Mod 002: The purposes of this modification are to:

  1. Modify the cover pate application due date to February 20, 2013.
  2. Modify Section II. - Award Information: Accordingly, the following sub-section is added: H. Performance of Work in the United States EERE strongly encourages interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration spanning organizational and national boundaries. Such collaboration enables the achievement of scientific and technological outcomes that were previously viewed as extremely difficult, if not impossible. EERE requires all work under EERE funding agreements to be performed in the United States, i.e., prime recipients must expend 100% of the total project cost in the United States. Applicants and prime recipients may request a waiver of this requirement. Applicants must include a written waiver request in the Full Application. Prime recipients must submit any waiver requests in writing to the assigned DOE Contracting Officer. The DOE Contracting Officer has discretion to waive this requirement if he/she determines that it will further the purposes of this FOA and is otherwise in the interests of EERE. See Section IV.C.12 of the FOA for waiver request information.
  3. Modify Section III.A. Eligible Applicants: Accordingly, the following paragraph is deleted: "All Entities Excluding Other Federal Agencies, and Nonprofit - 501(c)(4) The following entities are eligible to apply, except nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995. Other Federal agencies are specifically excluded. Eligible applicants include but are not limited to: (1) institutions of higher education; (2) nonprofit and for-profit entities; (3) State and local governments; (4) Indian tribes and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations; (5) Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Contractors; and (6) consortia of entities (1) through (5). If applying as a consortium, an established member of the consortium must be designated as the lead applicant. Foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, are also Eligible Applicants. Foreign entities are also eligible to participate as members of consortia as described above, and also as a subawardee. All work by foreign entities must be performed by subsidiaries or affiliates incorporated in the United States (including U.S. territories)." and replaced with:
    1. INDIVIDUALS U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.
    2. DOMESTIC ENTITIES For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular State or territory of the United States are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. DOE/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) and DOE Government-Operated Government-Owned laboratories (GOGOs) are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs and non-DOE GOGOs are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient. Federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE) are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.
    3. FOREIGN ENTITIES Foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA. Other than as provided in the "Individuals" or "Domestic Entities" sections above, all prime recipients receiving funding under this FOA must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States. If a foreign entity applies for funding as a prime recipient, it must designate in the Full Application a subsidiary or affiliate incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States to be the prime recipient. The Full Application must state the nature of the corporate relationship between the foreign entity and domestic subsidiary or affiliate. Foreign entities may request a waiver of this requirement in the Full Application. See Section IV.C.12 for waiver request information. The DOE Contracting Officer has discretion to waive this requirement if he/she determines that it will further the purposes of this FOA and is otherwise in the interests of EERE. A foreign entity may receive funding as a subrecipient.
    4. INCORPORATED CONSORTIA Incorporated consortia, which may include domestic and/or foreign entities, are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. For consortia incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States, please refer to "Domestic Entities" above. For consortia incorporated in foreign countries, please refer to the requirements in "Foreign Entities" above. Each incorporated consortium must have an internal governance structure and a written set of internal rules. Upon request, the consortium must provide a written description of its internal governance structure and its internal rules to the DOE Contracting Officer.
    5. UNINCORPORATED CONSORTIA Unincorporated consortia, which may include domestic and foreign entities, must designate one member of the consortium to serve as the prime recipient/consortium representative. The prime recipient/consortium representative must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States. The eligibility of the consortium will be determined by the eligibility of the prime recipient/consortium representative under Section III.A of the FOA. Upon request, unincorporated consortia must provide the DOE Contracting Officer with a collaboration agreement, commonly referred to as the articles of collaboration, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of each consortium member. This agreement binds the individual consortium members together and should discuss, among other things, the consortium's:
      • Management structure;
      • Method of making payments to consortium members;
      • Means of ensuring and overseeing members' efforts on the project;
      • Provisions for members' cost sharing contributions; and
      • Provisions for ownership and rights in intellectual property developed previously or under the agreement.
  4. Modify Section IV.C. Content and Form of Application: Accordingly, the following sub-section is added: 12. Waiver Request (a) Foreign Entities and (b) Performance of Work in the United States (If Applicable) As set forth in Section II.H., all prime recipients receiving funding under this FOA must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States. If a foreign entity applies for funding as a prime recipient, it must designate in the Full Application a subsidiary or affiliate incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States to be the prime recipient. Section II.H. further requires that all work under EERE funding agreements to be performed in the United States, i.e., prime recipients must expend 100% of the total project cost in the United States. To seek a waiver of either requirement, the applicant must submit a waiver request in the Full Application, which includes the following information: entity name, country (or state) of incorporation, description of the work to be performed by that entity, and the location where the work will be performed. If the applicant is seeking a waiver to have a foreign entity serve as the prime recipient, the applicant must explain why it is necessary to have a foreign entity serve as the prime recipient. If the applicant is seeking a waiver of the "Performance of Work in the United States" requirement, the applicant must explain why it is necessary to have the work performed outside of the United States. All waiver requests should explain how the waiver would further the purposes of this FOA and otherwise serve the interests of EERE. The Contracting Officer may require additional information before considering the waiver request. Save the Waiver Request(s) in a single file titled "ControlNumber_LeadOrganization_Waiver."
  5. Modify Section IV.C. Content and Form of Application: Accordingly, the following document is added to the "Summary of Required Forms/Files" Table: Name of Document Format File Name Waiver Request, if applicable PDF ControlNumber_LeadOrganization_Waiver All other terms and conditions of the Announcement remain the same.

Original FOA

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will address research and development (R&D) challenges that were identified at a stakeholder workshop held in December 2011 called "Conversion Technologies for Advanced Biofuels" (CTAB) and from a Request for Information (RFI) conducted in November 2012. This FOA will focus on moving knowledge and understanding of basic or fundamental principles observed at Technical Readiness Level (TRL) 1 into practical, applied research and development at TRLs 2-3 or beyond. The results of the experimental data produced at TRLs 2-3 should validate the researcher's analytical predictions and lead to inventions or innovations that help overcome key technical barriers to improved yield and economic feasibility of producing biofuels via thermochemical, direct liquefaction pathways (i.e. fast pyrolysis, ex situ and in situ catalytic fast pyrolysis, hydropyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, and solvent liquefaction). Specifically, this FOA will focus on three barriers repeatedly identified at CTAB and in the RFI:

  1. Carbon efficiency: developing selective fractionation and separation systems in bio-oil processing;
  2. Hydrogen efficiency: improving H2 production, use, and transfer in biomass liquefaction and bio-oil upgrading; and
  3. Separations efficiency: developing technologies for use and mitigation of the aqueous fraction of bio-oil.
The experimental data and technology innovations or inventions produced from this research are crucial to realizing the Office of the Biomass Program's goal of producing bio-oils with desirable qualities for making hydrocarbon transportation fuels in the gasoline, diesel, and jet range at less than $3 per gallon (gasoline equivalent) and that will enable technologies that contribute to the EISA Section 202 RFS goals. In addition to accelerating the commercial scale deployment of biofuels that can contribute to the RFS and beyond, these technologies will enable an economic opportunity for the United States of America. With the ability to produce more than one product, development of these technologies also provides a diversification of risk for the biofuels industry. Successful applicants will provide an R&D work-plan to address the technical barriers that must be overcome to produce a hydrocarbon fuel blendstock at $3.00/gallon or less (gasoline equivalent), and demonstrate the potential to transfer findings to pilot- and demonstration-scale systems. The Department of Energy (DOE) expects to make 3-5 awards through this FOA. Awards will be in the $3 million range for the total lifetime of the project, and projects are expected to last for up to three years. DOE anticipates that up to $12 million in funding will be available for projects resulting from this FOA.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 02/08/2013

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.